WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention and will instead address the assembly via satellite so he can oversee the federal response to Hurricane Gustav, the White House said on Sunday. “The president and vice president decided not to travel to Minnesota due to the hurricane,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters. “We are working on alternate plans.” It’s a near miracle, but I agree with this action. Bush is doing at least one responsible thing during his terms in office. Maybe this time he’ll disprove his photo.
by Rosemary and Walter Brasch During the time that Bill Clinton was rocking the Democratic convention, ABC, CBS, and Fox were showing re-runs, NBC was showing the second hour of “America’s Got Talent,” and the CW was showing the second season finale of “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.” Less than two decades ago, the networks gave the conventions gavel-to-gavel coverage. This year, the networks are giving only four hours prime time coverage to each convention. The first televised conventions were in Philadelphia in 1948. At the time, only about 170,000 of the nation’s 42.2 million households had televisions. The networks, desperate to fill their government-issued airwaves, begged the nation to believe that television was at the cutting edge of the future. … Continue reading
I got a message from Dem Daily blogger Donnie McDaniel earlier today that he was getting ready to evacuate his place in Houma, Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Gustav, which is currently packing one hell of a whallop. Donnie first came to The Dem Daily a few days after Katrina. Stay safe Donnie… Democratic nominee, Barack Obama is monitoring Gustav’s path and the preparations for evacuation. The WaPo reports tonight that “Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Saturday night ordered a mandatory evacuation of this city ahead of Hurricane Gustav, which swelled from an already deadly tropical storm into a monster depression with winds of more than 150 mph.” “This is the real deal, not a test,” Nagin said as he issued the … Continue reading
Well… If John McCain was angling for the women’s vote with his choice of Sarah Palin as his VP, he may not get it after all. The first two national polls out since McCain’s pick was announced show “contrary to what the GOP probably hoped, she scored less well with women than men.” Here’s a finding from Gallup: Among Democratic women — including those who may be disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination — 9% say Palin makes them more likely to support McCain, 15% less likely. From Rasmussen: Some 38% of men said they were more likely to vote for McCain now, but only 32% of women. By a narrow 41% to 35% margin, men … Continue reading
Quote of the Day “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration.” — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), quoted just last month by Politico. h/t Political Wire
[…] State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news. “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?” Green, who has feuded with Palin repeatedly over the past two years, brought up the big oil tax increase Palin pushed through last year. She also pointed to the award of a $500 million state subsidy to a Canadian firm to pursue a natural gas pipeline that is far from guaranteed.” Quote from Anchorage Daily … Continue reading
The Rude One, at The Rude Pundit writes posts that are, by definition, street language and generally rude to the Right. He always backs up his rants with facts and says them in ways that bring home the crisis America faces in ways I can only envy. It’s like having Bill Maher moderate a debate. (Can you imagine?) At the end of a long article about Barack Obama’s DNC speech where he deliberately called out the GOP for a full-fledged free-for-all election, here’s his The Rude One’s closing statement. However profane it’s the most impactful summation I’ve seen yet. After watching Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, and, to a large extent, Clinton act like they were supposed to turn the other … Continue reading
Must read of the day: McCain’s Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism. Joe Conason asks: Suddenly all anyone needs to qualify as a potential commander in chief is to be a religious ideologue with female gender characteristics? Read it all here. Ironically, as Conason points out, “Even Rush Limbaugh is a feminazi now (at least until Election Day).”